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In Our Nature: A review of the latest work of José González

sleeve - In Our Nature, José González
José Gonzálezeloquently hammers the classical guitar like a mad genius. González's songs are melodically mood inducing while his crystal clear voice emits a calm presence amongst the darkness of sound.

González's latest album, In Our Nature, comes and goes in a flash so be sure to press repeat on your audio player of choice.

This album is that moment in your life you wish you could live over and over again. Stand out tracks: Down the Line, Cycling Trivialities, Fold Honorable mention: Teardrop (Massive Attack cover)
- Brad Lav

The Style Quiz 2 - Answer

The Style Quiz 2

Drum roll please -----------------> 1978

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Pant Hems: What You Need to Know

Like skirt lengths, pant lengths can, too, fall victim to trends. Remember, trends come and go but style is forever. The photo above shows the classic length for both a trouser hem and a skirt hem. The skirt should fall about 1/2 inch over the top of the knee.
Pants should be kept long enough at the back to touch the top of the heel of the shoe with ease yet short enough in the front to form a break in the line of the pant.
The crease line will be broken 6 inches above the shoe or boot. In other words, the pants will look a little too long in the front while the crease line in the back remains unbroken.

How to Accent Windows

If you're reading this post you obviously don't have tinfoil over your window. Although a simple solution, it's definitely not the most desirable.
Window treatments don't have to cost a fortune. Like most things in life, the simpler, the better. Marimekko fabrics look great from the street. Your window treatments contribute to both the interior and exterior of your home so consider them from the road as well, not only during the day but also the night. Your home looks more welcoming with comforting night-time windows. Some tips to keep in mind when selecting your window treatments: 1. Remember your budget. 2. One can easily get caught up in the beauty of the fabrics and forget if it's suitable for the room. 3. Ask yourself whether you need insulation against cold or noise. 4. Do you need to keep light out at night or only screen the room from the street? 5. Will there be any fire hazards nearby? If your home is street level an easy way to prevent passers-by from peerin…

The Style Quiz 2

What's old is new again. Remember when you shop, shop for style not trends, quality not quantity. Below are five images taken from the same year. Which year do you think it was? Leave your answer in the comment section. We'll post the answer on May 1st, 2009.

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What Not to Wear: 10 Fashion Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Fashion is a lot like riding a bike. You fall off, you get back up, brush yourself off and try again. Once you learn, you'll never forget. Here are ten tips on how to stay out of the "Don't" pictures and get into the "Do's" 1. Stripes and Checks You've seen it before, you'll see it again. Stripes and checks/plaid worn together. Somewhat more prevalent when the sun comes out - checked bermuda shorts and horizontal striped golf shirts. Do - Choose a solid color shirt that pulls out a color in the pattern. You'd be surprised at how versatile the check can be once you start using this technique. 2. Suspenders and Belt With the 80s British skin head inspired look popping up, remember, both accessories are meant to hold up your trousers. Do - Choose either one or the other. If you're wearing a boldly colored suspender, such as red, go with black footwear. Don't be afraid to add another brightly colored accoutrement such as a handkerchief o…

How To Wear A Pocket Square

I've been noticing a revival of the breast pocket handkerchief. I like the look but I'm not sure how to wear it. Tips? via email

You're right. No longer just a staple with the Rex Harrison crowd, the handkerchief, aka the pocket square, is making a comeback. Like a pair of fine shoes, a well made handkerchief can add zap to an otherwise dull outfit. Here are five tips to follow when adding a handkerchief to your ensemble. 1. The handkerchief should not match the tie. 2. It should be placed in the breast pocket like it is being used. To achieve this look fold the handkerchief into a square. Pinch the fabric in the middle. Pick it up. Fold the bottom portion and insert into the breast pocket folded bit down. The points of the handkerchief should be pointing out with gusto. 3. A white handkerchief should only be worn with a white shirt. 4. To fully achieve the elegance a handkerchief implies, it should have a hand-rolled hem. 5. Don't reserve the han…

Bijou Living Goes To Palm Springs

Ace Hotel Poolside photo courtesy Ace Hotel
image © D.L. Thompson & Jon Johnson
Whatever your preconceived notions of Palm Springs are they may be put aside. The Coachella Valley city, that was once Golden Age Hollywood’s cottage community for the stars, is reinterpreting itself, very quietly, as a destination for culture, mid-century architecture, art and of course, extremely laid back recreation (a 2003 Condé Nast Traveler edition named Palm Springs one of the top ten global vacation destinations).Sure, there are some kitschy bits geared at a particular tourist set but go with an open mind, participate, have a laugh and open up. Richard Neutra designed home for sale image Stacy Reynaud  The recession has hit Palm Springs particularly hard. Many modernist homes are for sale at rock bottom prices, hotel room rates can be below advertised and store fronts are vacant. However, with the opening of the hyper cool Ace Hotel, the counter culture community of Joshua Tree only 32 miles north…

The Adidas JS Wings Have Landed

image © Aaron Richard Jay 2009

Surely to fly out of stores as quickly as they flew in, the Adidas JS Wings release date of March 2009 has been greatly anticipated by sneaker freaks the world around. Designed by avant-garde artist Jeremy Scott, the high top leather kicks with removable wings, are part of a limited edition series, Originals by Originals, by Adidas.

Available at Sneaker Box in Vancouver and select retailers worldwide.

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5 Inspirational Facts About Christian Dior

1. Dior launched his first Christian Dior couturier collection at the age of 42.

2. The reluctant couturier initially broke off negotiations with his investors via telegram due to panic. On the advice of a fortune-teller, he quickly undid the effects of his refusal and negotiations resumed, therein consummating one of the world's greatest Maisons.

3. A love of architecture inspired him to produce clothes that emphasized the 'ethereal appearance' of the female body. He designed clothes that accented the width of the female hips, gave prominence to the bust and demanded presence in a room.

4. He believed the most important feature of his life was his good luck.

5. During the Great Depression of the 1930s, Dior was taught, by friends, how to draw and paint. A 'faithful' friend managed to sell 120 francs worth of Dior's fashion sketches and in Dior's own words it was those 120 francs that, '...decided my future then, and were to illuminate my whole …

8 Magazines That Should Stay Glossy

My father circa 1965
stacy reynaud
I noticed Rolling Stone and DETAILS changed the weight of their paper. Being 'green' or cost cutting, you decide. Nothing beats thumbing through a glossy design, interiors or fashion mag.

So, please, for your print audience and collectors don't change your paper:

1. The entire empire of European Vogue
2. ELLE Decor
3. Wallpaper
4. National Geographic
5. Veranda
6. UK Harper's Bazaar
7. iD
8. European GQ

How To Hang A Picture Wall For Under $20

Vintage photographs can be picked up for pocket change at flea markets, charity shops, or yard sales, not to mention your family's own attic.

To get the look above, grab some boxes out of the recycling or hit a shoe store, a lot of clients leave the boxes and their lids behind and the staff will be happy to give them to you for free. Don't forget to pick up some bright paint - the little sample sizes are perfect for this project. Mount the pictures on top of the boxes, or cut out the boxes and use them as mats with the pictures attached to the underside.

For an even more unique picture wall do a theme like anonymous pets, 70s fashion or random unknown families.

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Searching the World for Success

I blame North America for my wayward world wanderings and misdirection in life. The misguided values I was taught of always ‘reaching for your dreams’, being ‘all that you can be’, and the idea that who you are is based on what you do for a living, left me searching for an impossibly perfect existence.

Like a good Canadian girl, I followed those values for many years by diligently attending school studies, going to college, and focusing on my career and bank balance. Until one day I found myself wondering what the purpose of it all was for. I had achieved a nice house with nice surroundings and I was well on my way to securing a safe nest egg for the future. Yet this wasn’t all that I could be? What next? A promotion, a husband, 2.3 kids, and a picket fence? This wasn’t my dream and I wasn’t satisfied with the monotony of expected existence.

Grief stricken at the concept of a continuous climb up the corporate ladder and the haunting constraints of future children, I jumped off the tradi…

1 tequila, 2 tequila, 3 tequila floor: Charro Negro

Charro Negro

Favorite drink of celeb: Antonio Bandares
Ingredients: salt, fresh lime, ice, cola, 100% agave tequila
How to Create: Squeeze half a lime into a glass, then rub the rim with the remainder of lime and scrape the extra pulp onto the glass rim. Shake 1/4 tsp or more of salt into the glass hitting the lime rim while doing so. Stir until salt is disintegrated. Add ice to your preference. Add 1 shot of 100% agave tequila. Fill the glass with cola.

- Rockelle

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How To Decorate Like An Interior Designer - Chairs

Interiors are all about juxtaposition in '09. Refurbishing and reinvigorating. There are great design inspirations scattered across this great world of ours. Here's a sampling of inspirational chairs from the West Coast of the United States and Canada.

1. Recovered Mid Century Teak, Vancouver, BC - mine
image © stacy reynaud 2009

2. Victorian Velvet, Fremont, WA - Sunday Street Sale
image © stacy reynaud 2009

3. Modern Chrome Bar Stools, Palm Springs, CA - estate sale
image © stacy reynaud 2009

4a. Early '70s Executive Chair - check out the back

4b. An old coffin perhaps, Palm Springs, CA - estate sale
image © stacy reynaud 2009

5. 60s Modern, Seattle, WA - yard sale
image © stacy reynaud 2009

6. '70s Spanish American Iron Bar Stools - Palm Springs, CA - estate sale
image © stacy reynaud 2009

7. '60s Danish Modern Rattan Teak and Leather, Fremont WA - antique mall
image © stacy reynaud 2009

8. Velvet Queen Anne, Crescent City, CA - thrift store
image © stacy reynaud 2009


A Eulogy For My Friend And Inspiration

Posted April 4, 2009

I'm writing this eulogy in my '70s silver lurex jungle print wedding dress. It was chosen for me 20 hours before my wedding, May 1, 2007, by my mentor, inspiration and friend for 25 years, Ken at Deluxe. Ken passed away in September, I only found out today, the same day I found out Ken's last name was Spada.

Last names didn't matter in our world. What did matter was our shared passion for haute couture, the divine '30s and the ability to speak crassly with one another. If any other man would have told me I'd look better if I wore heels to hike up my ass and tits I would've clocked him. I respected Ken and his honesty.

It was 1984 when I first walked into his vintage shop, Deluxe Junk, I was a 14 year old kid and I wanted to sell him some clothes I bought at a thrift store with my allowance money. He wouldn't buy them outright but we agreed on a consignment deal. All my items sold and thus began a relationship that lasted 25 years…

From Vandalism To Home Decor - Graffiti Interiors

Graffiti Pillow
image © lovegrove & repucci
graffitin. 1. (usu. in pl.) a piece of writing or drawing scribbled, scratched or sprayed on a surface. 2. Art a form of decoration made by scratches on wet plaster, showing a different colored under-surface. The Concise Oxford Dictionary.

I had first come across the work of Lovegrove & Repucci while thumbing through an art mag a few months back when some photos of graffiti tableware (NY Delft) caught my eye. I contacted Demian Repucci and Nick Lovegrove, the duo behind design collaborative Lovegrove & Repucci, to ask them a few simple questions about some of their new pieces; 'Graffiti Pillows' and 'Urban(e)' silk scarves. Their answers were so eloquent, specific and significant that I've chosen to publish them in their whole.

Who did the graffiti? Was it done on one big medium and then transposed digitally?
'We photographed graffiti in its natural habitat - delivery trucks, walls, alleys, etc. Then we m…

How To Wallpaper with Newspaper

Ace Hotel - Portland photo Stacy Reynaud

The Ace has drawn attention to boring walls by using a material not usually associated with wall coverings - player piano music. The look is achieved by using common papers such as comics, sheet music, maps, blueprints, magazines cuttings, newspaper, paper doilies, or heavy foil. The more creative the better.

image © 1974 General Publishing

How to wallpaper with newspapers and other stuff.

Glossy polymer medium sponge brushscissorsyour selection of papers, magazines or other ephemera(optional) glossy water-based polyurethane (clear or tinted)paintbrush
The polyurethane can be omitted. However, it gives a protective glossy coating.

**If you do decide to use polyurethane make sure it's water-based or it will smear and run the print and the picture from the other side will show through.

The polymer medium can be used as an undercoat and as a final coat.

image © 1974 General Publishing Steps:
Cut the strips of paper you want to use and tur…